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War on Drugs feel the vibrations

8 October 2018

THE WAR on Drugs, who play London’s The O2 (cap. 21,000) this December, have chosen an L500 Plus mixing desk by Oxford-based manufacturer Solid State Logic to manage the sound. Monitor engineer Laurence Eaves and front-of-house engineer Bob Strakele need to balance up to 80 inputs, with each band member…

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Pearce power drives club classics

8 October 2018

EXPANDING THE series of 7,500-capacity Classical Ibiza concerts this year, Revival Productions and partner Ministry of Sound needed an audio system which provided a smooth sound in sensitive settings, according to Revival’s Lisa Ward. They also needed a provider capable of logistical back up on unusual sites including Yorkshire’s Harewood…

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SAS upgrades to arenas

8 October 2018

INVESTMENT IN a full-sized Martin Audio MLA system by Stourbridge-based Stage Audio Services (SAS) allowed the company to deploy a smaller system at Shambala Festival (cap. 15,000), yet provide better coverage than previous years, according to SAS MD Kevin Mobberley. Acquiring the system also, says the company, gives it capacity…

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Borgars creates ‘wall of light’ for Glassjaw

8 October 2018

LIGHTING DESIGNER Hayden Borgars says he was aiming for atmospheric lighting with a modern edge when US rock band Glassjaw played a showcase at London’s O2 Academy Brixton (cap. 4,900). Instead of using a backdrop, Borgars created a curtain of light by deploying Philips Vari-Lite VL800 BeamLines by manufacturer Signify,…

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Arena aligns with leisure complex

8 October 2018

BIRMINGHAM’S NEC Group has announced that its 15,700-capacity Genting Arena will be rebranded to Resorts World Arena, as part of its continued partnership with Malaysia-based gaming giant Genting’s UK office.  Genting UK has held the title sponsorship of the venue since January 2015, prior to which it was known as…

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Llandudno venue to get £3m refit

8 October 2018

VENUE CYMRU in Llandudno is to benefit from a £3 million refurbishment, funded by Conwy Council, the European Union and Welsh Government. It is expected to involve the removal of walls in the entrance foyer, new ground-floor “curtain glazing” and entrance doors. Work on the building will start this month…

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Encouraging customers

8 October 2018

Promoters are expected to benefit from a new system designed to take brand loyalty to the next level. Event guide and ticketing outlet Skiddle is upgrading its ‘rep’ system to focus on offering money and exclusive rewards for customers who promote the sale of tickets to their friends. Reps can…

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Refit brings new revenue sources for St George’s

8 October 2018

A £6.3 million extension to the 576-capacity St George’s venue in Bristol offers two new performance spaces, a new cafe bar and improved access for people with disabilities. Funded by Bristol City Council, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the extension’s additional performances areas can accommodate a standing…

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Yet further delay in Fairfield Halls £30m redevelopment

8 October 2018

THE FAIRFIELD Halls’ long-awaited reopening has been delayed again. The two venue complex, which includes the 1,800-seat Concert Hall and Ashcroft Theatre (cap 755), closed in July 2016 for a £30 million redevelopment. The refurbishment of the 56-year-old building has been plagued with delays from the start. It has also…

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Six face £10m touting prosecution

8 October 2018

SIX PEOPLE  have appeared before York Crown Court accused of money laundering and breaches of consumer law relating to the resale of millions of pounds’ worth of tickets for concerts and events. The landmark prosecution could have implications for companies using multiple identities and credit cards to harvest tickets on…

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DHP sharpens its focus on branding

8 October 2018

PROMOTER, FESTIVAL organiser and venue owner DHP Family has appointed Richie Deeney as its new head of brand partnerships. Deeney, who has previously worked on campaigns for artistes such as Arcade Fire, Steve Mason, Everything Everything and Friendly Fires, will work alongside MD George Akins and director of live Anton…

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Licence review for Wireless

8 October 2018

HARINGEY COUNCIL has bowed to pressure and agreed to a review of the licence granted to Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) to stage the annual Wireless festival (cap. 49,000) in North London’s Finsbury Park. The review, which will begin on 15 October, has been granted following submissions by Islington and Hackney…

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Troxy and DICE team-up to keep touts out

8 October 2018

EAST LONDON’S    3,100-capacityTroxy has joined forces with ticketing platform DICE to become the world’s largest mobile-only and seemingly now tout-proof venue. The move to digital will put fans first by implementing DICE’s mobile-only tickets to stop reselling, as well as selling tickets through the show and allowing refunds up…

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US firm in new Bristol Arena bid revealed

8 October 2018

UNCERTAINTY AGAIN hangs over the fate of a possible city centre arena in Bristol, following LIVE UK’s revelation last month that Harvey Goldsmith and local businessman Stephen Fear had stepped into the ongoing saga, backed by a mystery US venue operator. Fear has now revealed that the Los Angeles-based backer…

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Koko forced to close for structural repairs

8 October 2018

NORTH LONDON’S 1,420-capacity Koko – voted one of the Top 3 in the Best Venue Teamwork: Major Club category in the Live Music Business Awards – has been forced to close with immediate effect, after a structural issue with the building was discovered.  The Grade II*-listed building, owned by The…

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Creditor steps in to save Bestival

8 October 2018

THE 40,000-capacity Bestival and its family-oriented sister event Camp Bestival (cap. 26,000), founded by Radio One DJ Robert Gorham (aka Rob da Bank) have been purchased from administration by South Coast-based The Richmond Group (TRG) for £1.1 million. The festivals’ future came under the spotlight when the Sunday Times newspaper…

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End of the great ticket scandal?

19 September 2018

Well, not quite yet. But the shockwaves from Channel 4’s Dispatches: The Great Ticket Scandal in 2012 were the catalyst for industry figures to join campaigning Labour MP Sharon Hodgson, featured in the programme, to oppose industrial-scale and insider secondary ticketing, with the past few weeks and months witnessing a…

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Ayres takes top job at Sound City

18 September 2018

CONVENTION and music festival Sound City has appointed Rebecca Ayres as it’s new MD, taking over the role from founder Dave Pichilingi. Ayres, who has worked for the event since it began in 2008 and was made chief operating officer in 2012, while Pichilingi will focus more on records, publishing…

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Jones to drive AEG Presents international touring growth

18 September 2018

AEG PRESENTS has promoted Simon Jones to the newly created position of senior vice-president (VP) of live music international. Jones, who was previously VP of AEG’s Goldenvoice division, will be responsible for expanding the company’s international touring activities, working with its offices in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle…

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Speakers head for Summit

18 September 2018

THE FIRST panellists have been announced for the 12TH annual LIVE UK Summit, to be held on Thursday 11 October in London’s West End. Focussing on the venues sector, the Supply & Demand panel will feature NEC Group MD of Arenas Phil Mead and VMS Live founder Steve Forster, while…

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